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I just finished the initial survey for the GIY program. It was hard to choose from the different options as there were times that more than one option was applicable to my situation.
I would love to be able to teach the kids how to garden with me. Especially my two little ones that are soon to be 8 and 5. The 16 year old is also interested in learning to garden.
As far as problems, I'm not sure where would be safe to garden. Close to the house, where I would eventually like to have my herb garden, peppers and tomatoes there is paint that peeled off of the house where we pressure washed it. I guess we could grow in containers. Also, one of the sunniest places available is near the street. I'm not sure if pesticides, etc. might get washed into the ground there.
I am so excited to get started with the GIY program!
Thank you so much for your generosity,
Pesticide: I would test your soil first to be sure that there are no pesticides. Even if you run a very basic soil test, it can tell you if there's a lot of good organic matter in there. Interpreting your soil test is found in the course. (This will be in the About Soil Testing lesson in the Garden Installation Module). Once you are certain about no pesticides in your lawn, then you can most definitely roast dandelion root into a diuretic and anti-diabetic, gut-cleansing tea! You can also eat the young leaves raw. And all parts of the dandelion are edible. I also encourage you to research half-life for pesticides used in your lawn.
Kids Gardening: There are templates in the course for Kids Gardens so watch out for those (also in Garden Installation).